Work Out Wednesday #13 – Squats and Squat Jumps Exercise
Squats and squat jumps are some of the most important exercises that anyone can be doing to stay mobile, strong, and flexible. Additionally, practicing squats will drastically help prevent injury. Squats are a movement that will also help you functionally in many of your day to day operations. If you think about it, getting up from a low seat is essentially a squat or lifting something from the ground requires squatting, as does getting into a low cabinet and there are many more examples of people squatting in their daily lives.
There are also many examples of people who bend over rather than squat down, and this leads to back injuries. When you bend over to lift something off the ground you put unnecessary stress on your back and cause injury.
So the squat is a movement that you should practice and keep in mind for use in your daily life. But squats and squat jumps are also a terrific workout. They target your entire group of leg muscles including your glutes, hamstrings, calves, and quads. They increase your flexibility in your hamstrings and lower back which is essential for athletes to get full range of motion. They also increase explosive power and can increase athletes jump height.
Applying Squats to Physical Therapy
Squats are a movement that our daily lives require us to perform. So, it is essential that you can properly perform the squat movement to avoid injury and pain. There are a number of variations of squats such as wall squats that can help rehab various lower body injuries. Squats are one of if not the most essential movement that everyone should be able to perform. Squats are especially important for athletes to practice and execute properly with full range of motion.
How to air squat
Fitness expert Scott Herman teaches us how to do an air squat properly in this video.
How to do a squat jump
This video teaches you how to do a squat jump properly in order to avoid injury and target all the muscles in your leg.
Squat jump workout
Dr. Fred teaches us a great squat jump workout. He takes his time and goes over the entire movement and explains in detail how you should execute and pace your workout.
Squats are a great exercise for most everyone to practice they will help you throughout your daily lives to avoid and prevent injury. Athletes will see better performance in the form of more flexibility, range of motion, explosiveness, balance, speed, and mobility.
Have you tried squats or squat jumps? Do you tell your therapy patients to do squats or squat jumps? If so, tell us about it in the comments below! 🙂